Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Torah: The first five books of the Old Testament that recount the foundation story of the Israelites, their covenant with God, and their role in human history.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Narrative: A story sequence in which characters are placed in a setting and involved in a developing plotline.
Epic Narrative: A narrative that is intentionally placed in an ambiguous historical setting in order to make larger claims about the nature of reality and human purpose.
Law: Ancient Israelite customs and regulations that governed civil and religious practice and constituted the terms of Israel’s covenant with God.
Israel travels through the wilderness on the way to the land promised to Abraham. Their repeated rebellion is met by God’s justice and mercy.
Torah Series Part VI
A road trip gone really bad. Israel leaves Mt. Sinai only to rebel against God at every step. God responds with short-term severity and long-term generosity as He leads them into the promised land.
After centuries of living in foreign lands, the time comes for the Israelites to return to the land God had promised to Abraham. But soon after they set out for Canaan, Israel perpetually complains, sins, and even incites rebellion against Moses and Aaron in God's presence. Eleven days of travel in the wilderness become 40 years as a result of their unbelief, and only their children can enter the Promised Land. Tired and frustrated, Moses strikes a rock to resolve yet another complaint from the Israelites, but sadly disobeys God's instruction to speak to it. He too is prevented from entering the Promised Land.
Even in all this, God still displays His amazing faithfulness and patience. A few individuals, such as Joshua and Caleb, remain faithful and will lead Israel's next generation. Many scriptures use Israel's wilderness stories in the Book of Numbers as examples for us to believe God and trust Him with our lives.
The Journey Begins
God prepares the Israelites for traveling to the Promised Land, leading them as a cloud by day and fire at night over the Tent.
Promised Land Scouted
Israel reaches Canaan and sends out twelve spies. Ten are overwhelmed by the inhabitants, but Joshua and Caleb see the land's abundance and believe God.
Unbelief and Rebellion
Believing the spies' bad report, the Israelites rebel against Moses and Aaron and face the consequences. Only their children, Joshua, and Caleb inherit the Promised Land.
Moses Strikes the Rock
God tells Moses to speak to a rock for water. Frustrated with complaining Israelites, Moses strikes it and disobeys. He is prevented to enter The Promised Land.
Balak & Balaam
The King of Moab orders sorcerer Balaam to curse Israel, but he can only pronounce blessings instead and prophesies. Israel is spared from harm.
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Numbers, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Numbers, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.